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Kingston Bridge (Kingston Upon Thames)

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Kingston Bridge
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From:  Kingston Upon Thames
To:  St. Margarets
County
Surrey • Middlesex
Highway Authority
Kingston upon Thames • Richmond upon Thames
Opening Date
c.AD43 (1st Bridge)
1828 (2nd Bridge)
2001 (3rd Bridge)
Additional Information
List No:  1300232  (Grade II*)
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
Engineer:  Edward Lapidge
On road(s)
A308

This bridge crossing is one of the oldest on the river Thames. There has been a crossing of the Thames at Kingston since the first century AD. It is believed that the first bridge, a 20 span construction made of timber, was built in AD43 following the Roman invasion of England. Over the centuries it was rebuilt and repaired on several occasions, whilst retaining the same essential character. This bridge is first mentioned in an official record in 1223, and it was free until 1449, when tolls were levied to pay for its' ongoing repair. The tolls were in force until 1567, when they were removed. Despite plans for a new drawbridge in the early 1650s, the original bridge lasted until 1825. The second bridge, built of stone and with five arches, opened in 1828. It was tolled again until 1870, when the bridge had been paid for. In 1914, it was widened from 7 to 17 metres, whilst in 2001, it was strengthened again. At the same time, a new bridge of similar construction was built alongside. This has enabled the bridge to become a D2 + centre bus lane formation.

The bridge apprears to be listed twice, under 1300232 and 1065378.

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The bridge mentioned in earlier versions as opening in 1863 is the LSWR railway bridge.




Kingston Bridge (Kingston Upon Thames)
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Crossings of the River Thames
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